Thursday, December 23, 2010


Tuesday, December 7, 2010



Thursday, December 2, 2010


Sunday, November 21, 2010


Sunday, November 14, 2010

Rio De la Cruz, Running Enthusiast

Saturday, November 6, 2010


Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Monday, October 4, 2010


The heart of a portrait is not in the paint but in the sketch. I've Been working on my sketching for the past weeks, taking my time with it, critiquing my own work but enjoying the whole ride as well. Can't wait to start on some more faces!

Thursday, September 23, 2010


Friday, September 17, 2010


Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Practice Sketch

Wednesday, September 1, 2010


A quick sketch I did one morning. I didn't struggle with Obama at all. He has so many features that are very drawable. Very distinct shapes. You can see the redstrokes underneath as I roughed out the shapes and proportions.

Saturday, August 21, 2010


Here’s a colorized version using the value study as an underpainting.  I made sure to subdue the colors so Im not sure why the colors look more saturated here.  I learned something about painting with a color scheme in mind and where to get plenty of inspiration from. This I feel is a lesson that integrates traditional painting and digital since much of the color mixing was done mimicking a palette of colors. Digital since blend modes were used. This was also about interacting the subject and the background so they look like the belong within the same space.

 This was after getting some feedback from Paul. I think it looks much much better now. I didn't change much on the rendering aspect but I had to fix the structure since I overlooked the shapes of the features. Exaggeration is not at all about distortion but emphasis on certain features yet retaining the structure of the individual!

Saturday, July 31, 2010


My very first attempt to render skin texture. This is the most detailed piece I have ever done and I like how this turned out!

Monday, July 26, 2010


A fun painting I did for the Hybrid Hero Contest. I didn't come close to winning, much less being voted but I had a whole lot of fun doing this!

Sunday, July 25, 2010

 I've never tried digital cross-hatching. I also never tried to really prepare a sketch before painting it. Whenever I cross-hatched with pencil and paper, my strokes disappear and become shading. I still need to control the strokes more though. These are for an assignment from the Advanced Caricature Class of Paul Moyse . Hopefully I'll get to paint them when I have more time!

Saturday, July 3, 2010


Tuesday, June 22, 2010


Monday, June 7, 2010


Sunday, June 6, 2010


Thursday, May 13, 2010

Strawberry Poision-Dart Frog

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Just did this today.I'm pleased with how this turned out. I'm glad I stayed with it!

Friday, April 23, 2010

Here's a lil cuban frog I did today. It took me around 3.5 hours to do. It's a study I did from a reference.

This is my painted version of Bill Pressing's awesome work. Just heard of this amazing artist from Bobby Chiu's ChiuStream interview with the artists. I am instantly a fan.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Happiness is anything that is loved by you
This is my tribute to Chiquita, my 7 year old-mini Daschund who lost her battle to ovarian cancer on December 17, 2010.The stuff she's chasing are actually all her favorite things while she was still with me. I'd like to remember her this way, a happy pup, running about in dog heaven.

My last assignment was about colorizing from a rough sketch provided. For this last piece, I tried to incorporate bits of what I had learned from the previous lessons. I'm pretty satisfied with this. It's an awesome course, I learned so much more than I did in a year's time back in school, but learning never stops. Keep on movin! I plan to join sketch competitions and knock out some of my own for critiquing while I save up and take on another course in

This lesson was about Vectors. I shunned the idea of it since vectors can have a mind of their own. Bobby clearly explained how to tame this tiger of a technique and now it's as easy as 123.

This was about painting hair without pulling out your own in the process.

This lesson was about smudging to create a much smoother transition yet still retaining a painterly feel to your finished piece.

This was about adding texture to your existing painting. It's a series of adjusting and blending, but it gives another level of depth to your starting piece.

This lesson was about painting with customized brushes to make your digital art work seem like it was done traditionally. Great technique and process!

This lesson was about colorizing from black and white.

This first lesson was about visualizing from darkness. You must have a good stock knowledge of shapes and form, otherwise nothing will come out of a black piece of canvas.

An attempt to paint a scantily clad woman

Saturday, January 23, 2010


Friday, January 22, 2010


This guy took me quite some time to finish. I wanted to make sure that my clean up was improving. It may have taken me around 2 days to post this, although, I'm thinking of maybe posting every other day so I don't rush it.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010


Tuesday, January 19, 2010



Yesterday was one of those days. No matter what I did, I just couldn't get anything done. I had gone through 4 different concepts that got me bogged down and exasperated. After a night's sleep with a refreshed perspective, I had finally nailed down my second attempt to paint without copying. I did however use a reference of a tadpole for inspiration. This took me 2.5 hours to finish.

Monday, January 18, 2010


This is my first attempt to digitally paint a concept, design and lighting on my own. The challenges I encountered were changing everything midway since I felt everything needed to be pushed more. Because of that, I had to rework areas, erasing and painting over lights and shadows over and over again. It got a bit frustrating since I lost count how many hours I spent on this. I feel I may have bitten more than I could chew with this one. However, I'm quite satisfied with the result. On to my next one!

Saturday, January 16, 2010


I was thinking of subjects that would be good to practice painting on, and my thoughts went to one of my favorite artists of all time, Norman Rockwell. Knowing that I had to make one painting a day, and that painting something of his style would take way way longer than painting a finger, I decided to give it a try. It would be a good way to study how Norman Rockwell painted this boy and what he considered when rendering the piece. I particularly liked how he described the structure of the face through light and shadow. It's true that once you start painting (and not just merely observing) you get to see first hand what the artist did in order to explain certain forms in terms of how much paint he needed to use to bring out the bulge on the forehead, the subtle hint of the scapula at the back, the knee bone, how hard edges must be to show the glistening of wet hair etc. The wrinkles on the clothes were challenging, since your eyes just get lost in all the swirls and zig zags of the texture. At that point, I just told myself, if it looks like cloth, that's good enough for me. This took a total of 5 hours to paint and another 2.5 hours to clean up. Although it took a while, I'm pretty pleased at how it turned out, I was able to put the method to another test drive, making this complex piece, possible to paint in less time than I would prior to this class.

Friday, January 15, 2010


My third practice painting of a Diadoumenos sculpture. Credits to Calvin Carter of Flickr. I took around 3 hours to finish this. It was rather difficult to get the right values around the face working. It doesn't look exactly like the original but hey, it's an exercise on tonal values and not so much on accuracy right? (just my way of making myself feel better)

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